.: MAIN Code of Practice :.
Consortium participants are bound to a Code of Practice that is described in detail in the Consortium Agreement
, which sets the internal rules for the Consortium’s activities. There is a critical need for all who become involved with the MAIN Consortium to appreciate and respond appropriately to the fact that this is in many ways a new approach to research: a large-scale collaboration to achieve common goals. Many of the rewards for participation in this effort will be non-traditional, and these must be acknowledged and accepted. Steering Committee members must be motivated by the opportunity to oversee and participate in this novel experiment. Programs’ and Facilites’ Committee members must be motivated in large part by their desire to catalyze progress on a scientific and educational perspective of intense interest to the Consortium as a whole. Consortium scientists should have and seek opportunities to publish collaborative manuscripts. Appropriate behavior from individual members of the Consortium who have taken advantages of the premises offered by the Consortium Faclities is encouraged in terms of involving Facility members, whenever appropriate, as collaborators in their scientific papers. Failure of Steering Committee members or Program/Facility Committee members to participate in the Pre-scheduled Consortium meetings is to be regarded as a defaulting behavior, as are repeated failures to carry out assignments effectively. The chairs of these Committees will be responsible for enforcement. Failures of group leaders to adequately pursue the scientific and technological tasks supported by the Consortium are obvious problems, and will be subject to critical evaluation by the respective Committees. Penalties may involve withdrawal of funding and eventually expulsion from the Consortium of the defaulting group(s).